Sonneck’s Obsession and Putnam’s Pursuit: Commissioning Transcripts of Opera in Full Score

The following is a guest post from Senior Music Specialist Susan Clermont. For nearly a millennium composers or their copyists wrote out musical scores and individual instrumental and vocal parts by hand, using a pencil or calligraphy pen, vellum or paper, and a ruler. This practice only recently began to change in the 1990s with […]

Rodgers & Hammerstein: Cinderella [Video Podcast]

Michael Feinstein on Musicals & Songs at the Library of Congress Series 1 – Rodgers & Hammerstein Episode 4 – Cinderella In the fourth episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress, Michael Feinstein discusses the impact of their show Cinderella on television, as well […]

Rodgers & Hammerstein: “It Might as Well Be Spring” [Video Podcast]

Michael Feinstein on Musicals & Songs at the Library of Congress Series 1 – Rodgers & Hammerstein Episode 3 – “It Might as Well Be Spring” Revised @ 2:25pm EST on May 21, 2014 to include links to previous episodes In the third episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein […]

Nancy Newman on “Finding New Perspectives on the Germania Musical Society through the American Memory Sheet Music Collection”

The following is a guest post from Dr. Nancy Newman, Associate Professor at the University of Albany. Dr. Newman’s lecture is a part of the LC/AMS Lecture Series. Please join us for Dr. Newman’s lecture on Tuesday, April 22 at 12:00 noon in Coolidge Auditorium. The Germania Musical Society was a group of about two […]

Brummies, Strads & “Modernist Marines”

Between April 7 and 12, the Library of Congress will present a lineup of performances, talks and educational programs dedicated to the Library’s collection riches in contemporary music. The week features leading performers of the international music scene, the world premieres of two Library of Congress commissions, and the Washington, D.C., premiere of American composer […]

C.P.E. Bach at 300

The following is a guest post from Daniel Boomhower, Head of Reader Services in the Music Division. In the eighteenth century mention of the name Bach brought foremost to mind either Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), the “London Bach,” or to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), from 1768 the “Hamburg Bach” and from about 1740 to […]

Michael Feinstein on “My Favorite Things” (Series 1, Episode 2)

Michael Feinstein on Musicals & Songs at the Library of Congress Series 1 – Rodgers & Hammerstein Episode 2 – “My Favorite Things” This is the second episode in a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress. Michael Feinstein traces the origin of the lyrics for “My […]

Elias String Quartet Plays Haydn, Kurtág & Beethoven (March 7)

This Friday evening the Coolidge Auditorium will be at the helm of the Elias String Quartet, one of the leading British string quartets on the international circuit. Learn more about the concert repertoire via the program notes available here. Event Listing Friday, March 7, 2014 – 8:00pm ELIAS STRING QUARTET Coolidge Auditorium Program HAYDN | […]

Pondering Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:00pm the Freiburger Barockorchester (Freiburg Baroque Orchestra) will perform the complete Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach in the Coolidge Auditorium. For more information about attending the concert, visit the event page. Though advance tickets are no longer available, you may obtain RUSH tickets at the door beginning two hours […]

Calling all Anglophiles!

Anglophiles and British ex-pats will have a home this Friday in the Coolidge Auditorium at 12pm. The Library of Congress Chorale will perform “Britannia,” a concert celebrating the choral traditions of Great Britain. I happen to be the conductor of said ensemble and am an Anglophile through and through. I had the opportunity to complete […]